Group Visual Analysis - 2nd Nov
Dominant red, vibrant and complimentary
Big contrast between light & dark tones – full spectrum of tonal ranges
Basic & bold, intense rich colour palette
Flat 2D forms – use of geometric shapes
Shapes build up human-like features
Scratchy, harsh lines, unusual angles
Scribbles and curves juxtaposed with straight lines
Both hard and blurred edges
Indication of movement/direction through arrows and lines
Painted on wood? Spray painted using stencil?
Ready made, found background? Spray painted down a dark street?
Print? On metal?
Digital? Hand drawn?
Lots of visual texture – gritty and edgy, scratchy and rough
Repetitive triangular shapes
Visual rhythm from alternating middle section
Eyes emphasized by their detail in contrast to the rest of the image
Head, eyes in bold, dark beak/nose
White face highlighted through tonal contrast to the rest of the image
Direction of shapes and lines from left to right
Blurry edges suggest movement/energy
Suggestion of motion – winged shape
The whirlwind tummy
Expressive qualities/Content & meaning
What is the subject matter?
Birdman, reminiscent of the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Does it have a visual style?
Reminiscent of Dada imagery – uneasy, unusual angles
What do you think it represents/symbolizes?
Text at the bottom: ‘voler, volare!’ (French then Italian for ‘to fly’)
The reds are not warm an welcoming – more ‘keep away’ & ‘danger’
What do you think the illustrator was trying to communicate?
Sense of freedom? Or sense of dread?
What is your gut reaction to it? What feelings does it provoke?
Intense & violent, dark and sinister - not a positive vibe.